So, I've been trying to find painting classes in the Valley that my grandmother and I could do together. Mostly just as an excuse to spend some creative time with her. She's an amazing painter and I keep hoping some of that artistic vibe will rub off on me!! Anyway, I haven't had much luck finding any classes close enough, so, I decided to start a card class at the Senior Center and ask her to be my assistant instead. My thinking was that this way, she'll get some social time, I get a little creative time with her, and best of all, I get to give back to the community in a small way. Well, it was a great idea in theory, but, now I'm SO nervous. I'm not sure what to expect from the ladies that attend, if I get any to come at all!! Normally when I do a scrapbooking party, we stick to one project and I have an idea of what skill level to expect. This is definitely out of my comfort zone, so, we'll see how it goes...here's what I come up with for the first class...
The first card is loosely based on Mojo Monday Sketch #195 posted on June 13th. This one was the toughest for me and I especially don't love the inside. I think I'm going to improve it by swapping out the ribbon for some white ricrac I just picked up this weekend. Part of my plan for this card club was to take the opportunity to use up my ridiculous stash and not buy anything additional, but, this ribbon just has to be upgraded!
Paper: More to Adore
Cardstock: Chocolate, Blush, Hollyhock, and Colonial White
Stamps: Say it in Style
Other: Nestibilities Circle and Scalloped Circle dies, EKSuccess Corner Rounder, Martha Stewart Corner Punch (on the inside), Wild Card Cricut Cartridge, Hollyhock Brad, Stickles, and Casa Collection Ribbon
The next one was totally and completely scraplifted from fellow consultant Katy Lin. You can see her amazing cards here. I don't have the stamp sets she used, but, compromised by using this old retired set called Birthday Celebration. I also don't know how she gets such clean border lines, I'm going to have to keep practicing I guess! Be sure and tell Katy congratulations when you stop by her blog...she just got married this past weekend!! You should take a look at the invitations and decorations she made for the wedding, absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
Cardstock: Cranberry and White Daisy
Stamps: Birthday Celebration (retired), Nursery Bash (confetti; retired), and Card Chatter-Birthday
Ink: Cranberry, Moonstruck, and Black
Other: Crop-a-Dial Corner Punch and Zig pen
The last card is similar to the one I made for all the grandmothers in our family for Mother's Day which you can see here and also the one that inspired them both that Bryan at Scrap Guy posted here. This time however, I took a cue from Bryan and cut the flowers and leaves using my Cricut instead of hand cutting stamped images. Wow, SO much easier and SO much cleaner looking!! I noticed the August issue of Scrapbooks Etc. has one of these cards featured on the front cover...they've been around for years, but, are apparently making a come back! Who knew I was on top of a trend! ;O) If you're interested in making your own flower pot pocket cards, you can find the directions here on the Splitcoast Stampers website.
Paper: Key To My Heart, Boom-Di-Ada, and Animal Cookies Creative Basics
Cardstock: Tulip, Craft, and Colonial White
Stamps: Say It in Style and Flutter
Ink: Creme Brulee, Tulip, and Cocoa (for shading)
Other: Adhesive Gems (dollar bins at Michaels), Martha Stewart border punch, Twill Ribbon, and Cricut Cartridges (Wild Card, Accent Essentials, Designer Calendar, and Plantin Schoolbook)
I'm hoping to start the card club out slow by giving them a little taste of some simple paper crafting and stamping tools. I'll have everything cut and ready to assemble when they arrive, so this time it will be mostly just gluing with minimal stamping and maybe using some punches. If they're up to card making every month, I'll incorporate a new technique each time we meet. Anyway, any suggestions are greatly appreciated!! The club won't meet until the end of July, but, I'll be sure to share with you how it goes!!